Hurricanes are common scares in the Louisiana area. Since Katrina, we’ve become accustomed to preparing for the worse when heavy storms come through, and we know that it’s better to plan for the worse hurricane and not need the extra precautions than be caught unprepared.
Hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rains, flooding, landslides, tornadoes, and much more. For children, hurricanes can be especially scary, but having a plan laid out, and talking about what to do in the event of a hurricane can help keep kids calm and in control should a hurricane hit.
Here’s how to plan the best emergency escape during a hurricane for your family.
Don’t be Afraid to Talk About the Possibility of a Hurricane
Talking about a hurricane can make it easier for kids to hear about it when it actually does happen. They will know what to expect and understand that it doesn’t mean that the worst is at hand. Openly talk about a hurricane and what it means for you and your family.
When you begin to plan your evacuation, these questions should be discussed with the members of the family.
- How will alerts and warnings make it to all members of the family?
Depending on the size of your family, you can designate one person to call or text others. A buddy system also works well to make sure that every member is contacted quickly and accounted for. The most important thing is that all members are alerted quickly and everyone is aware of the next steps.
- What is the plan for safe shelter?
Where is the best place to head in the event of a hurricane? Decide on a meeting place if family members are separated or decide where the entire family will fit if you are all together.
- What is your evacuation route?
If your home is no longer safe or you must leave your city, how will you get out?
Are There Any Special Needs In Your Home?
As you look at your family, consider every aspect. You must tailor your plan to your specific family members, needs, and responsibilities. Do you have small children, elderly adults, or pets in the home? Is anyone dependent upon medical equipment that will need to be transported? Create a plan for each of these special items and include it in the emergency plan. A few factors to consider:
- If you cannot reach a member of the family, where are locations that they frequent? Do you have a cell phone number for each person in one spot?
- In the event that cell towers are down, how about a secondary method of communication?
- Who will be responsible for assisting those that can’t assist themselves like small children or older adults?
- Are there special dietary needs?
- Any medical needs like medications that are necessary to have on hand?
- Don’t forget the pets and pet food!
Fill out Your Family Emergency Plan
Now that you’ve considered all the possibilities, it’s time to get your plan down on paper. Download and print a plan template and fill out the information. Print several copies and provide one to each member of the household that you feel can be responsible for one.
You may also consider putting a plan in a family binder or other safe place where all members have access to it – just in case.
Practice the Evacuation Plan with All Members
It is important to practice the evacuation plan with all family members to make sure that everyone is comfortable and ready to go in the event of an actual hurricane. This is also a great time to see if any edits or necessary changes should be added to the document!
Call Rytech of SWLA after the Storm
Once the hurricane is over, it’s time to rebuild. Sometimes, even with the best planning, we still need a little help to get our homes back in order. Rytech of SWLA is here to help restore your home after a hurricane, and will get you back to normal as quickly as possible. We deal with water damage restoration, reconstruction, and more – and are here to take the stress away from you and your family